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Labour News

Solidarity to approach Labour Court for assistance to save MEIBC

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Friday request the Labour Court to place the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) under administration in a bid to save the bargaining council from bankruptcy. About 340 000 employees and 10 000 companies fall under the MEIBC. 

Solidarity submits wage agreement to MEIBC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday said it was the only union, so far, to submit a new main wage agreement to the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC) for industry level wage negotiations for the year. A new agreement was necessary since the Labour Court declared the... 

Awethu VI app seeks to broaden market for microentrepreneurs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 To assist South African microentrepreneurs in tracking growth in their business, as well as provide basic business concept training and essential business tools, small business incubator and investor Awethu has developed a virtual incubator (VI) app. The mobile app is currently available on... 

Awethu VI app seeks to broaden market for microentrepreneurs

Competition Commission approves Denel buy of local aero-engine company

By: Keith Campbell     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that State-owned defence and aerospace group Denel be allowed to buy local aero-engine company Turbomeca Africa (TMA). The recommendation was given to the Competition Tribunal. The Commission announced this decision on Thursday.  

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 Management consultancy company Adcorp’s shares fell as much as 8% on Wednesday morning to R10.80 a share, from Tuesday’s close of R11.74 a share, after it posted a headline loss a share of 27.9c for the year ended February 28. Its normalised earnings a share decreased by 76% year-on-year to... 

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

Influx of job seekers to Gauteng threatens economic momentum

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Although it has made “remarkable progress” in creating jobs over the mid-term, between May 2014 and November 2016, the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) still faced a rapid increase in the economically active population owing to migration, Premier David Makhura said in his Midterm Report on... 

Solidarity approaches court to revoke Eskom’s employment equity plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Friday approach the Labour Court in Johannesburg to have State-owned power provider Eskom’s current employment equity plan declared invalid and revoked. Eskom’s employment equity plan is expected to be in force until 2020. Solidarity Centre for Fair Labour Practices... 

Labour Minister to take hardline stance on noncompliance with EE Act 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Tuesday slammed calls for the scrapping of employment equity (EE) and affirmative action policies, stating that the objectives of the policies have not yet been achieved and a harsher approach to noncompliance is on the cards. Highlighting the dismal outcomes... 

Urgent reforms needed to ensure Africa creates the 450m jobs it needs in 20yrs

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th May 2017 Less than a quarter of the 450-million new jobs needed for Africa’s youth over the next two decades will be created unless urgent reforms to boost productivity and competitiveness are undertaken. The ‘Africa Competitiveness Report 2017’ reveals that Africa’s working age population is growing... 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Development projects a core part of business
SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION Rural areas are being targeted for the project as they have been poorly serviced in the past

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Growing demand for operational excellence in the country, in increasingly outward-facing industrial enterprises in a global economy, is accompanied by the requirement that more women be employed, owing to government legislation and societal demands, and the two imperatives are by no means... 

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence
GROWING DEMAND Indipath continues to see [more] women entering the market

Eskom to fast-track socioeconomic assessments for five coal stations facing closure 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on Eskom to urgently complete socioeconomic impact assessments for its coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga, five of which having been earmarked for decommissioning over the coming five years, owing to flat demand and the introduction of new... 

Eskom to fast-track socioeconomic assessments for five coal stations facing closure

Transnet offers voluntary severance packages to staff

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Transnet on Friday confirmed that it is offering voluntary severance packages (VSPs) to its management and bargaining unit employees to streamline its business and ensure the group’s long-term sustainability. The parastatal cited subdued global economic growth, including a weak economic outlook... 

Transnet offers voluntary severance packages to staff

The African way of Western leadership practices can lead to business success, study finds

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 A hybrid approach to leadership, merging Western and African styles, may be key to business success in African markets, a new Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School study has found. Despite the significant differences, a combination of Western pragmatism and African... 

Evowood’s Estcourt mill dismisses 434 workers, remains closed after protracted strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 Some 434 Estcourt mill workers have been dismissed by hardboard manufacturer Evowood following protracted illegal strike action and a subsequent production stoppage costing the company more than R2-million a day. The workers were dismissed following a disciplinary process and a February 27 Labour... 

Barloworld Logistics appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th March 2017 Industrial engineer Kamogelo Mmutlana has been appointed to take the helm at Barloworld Logistics. He will be responsible for driving further growth in the Logistics business, aligning with Barloworld Group-wide growth ambitions, and will seek to ensure that Barloworld Logistics remains agile,... 

AFD sets aside €1.3bn to support high social impact South African projects

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2017 French development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) expects to disburse €1.3-billion in funding support to South African projects in the coming five years as part of a newly approved operational strategy for the country. AFD says the funding will take the form of nonsovereign... 

One month left for public to comment on OHASA regulations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Companies that employ people in high-risk areas and the public in general, have one month left to comment on the draft ergonomic regulations set to be promulgated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHASA). In January, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant gazetted her intention to introduce... 

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Extensive scope for  remanufacture of  locomotive components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL IS LEKKER South Africa’s developing its capacity to remanufacture locomotive engine components can enable it to become a hub to serve Africa

Government won’t allow poultry industry to be ‘decimated’ - Davies 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is adamant that government will not stand by while its poultry industry is “decimated”, but acknowledges that there are also issues of industry competitiveness that should be addressed. Speaking this week during the Economic Sectors, Employment and... 

Government won’t allow poultry industry to be ‘decimated’ - Davies
Poultry workers and management during a recent march to the EU Delegation in Pretoria, to protest the dumping of bone-in chicken

Busa welcomes Budget, commits to playing a role in country’s economic transformation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Thursday welcomed the prioritisation of education and social spending, as well as the reforms in public procurement outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech on Wednesday. Busa believes these measures will generate improved efficiencies... 

Electrifying rural areas offers opportunity for skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 African governments’ growing implementation of minigrids to electrify rural areas creates the opportunity for innovation and skills development to operate these grids, Emergent Energy renewable-energy consultant Adele Boadzo says. In a panel discussion on skills development in the energy sector... 

Standard Bank appoints new vehicle and asset finance head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Standard Bank has appointed Simphiwe Nghona as its Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) head, effective March 1. He will also join the bank’s Personal and Business Banking (PBB) group executive committee. Having worked most recently as CEO of WesBank’s motor division, Nghona brings 18 years of... 

Gibela starts recruiting staff for Dunnottar manufacturing facility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has started recruiting operators and artisans for its new manufacturing facility, as well as trainees for its new training centre, at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, prioritising historically disadvantaged residents of Ekurhuleni East. The consortium, which was... 

Gibela starts recruiting staff for Dunnottar manufacturing facility

Unemployment rate improves to 26.5%  

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2017 South Africa saw positive growth in the job market in the fourth quarter of 2016, with employment increasing by 235 000 and the number of job seekers declining by 92 000, resulting in the official unemployment rate improving to 26.5%, from the 27.1% recorded in the third quarter of the year.... 

Busa worried about Sona violence, agrees greater economic transformation is needed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th February 2017 The events that unfolded at Thursday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) by President Jacob Zuma, are of serious concern and undermine the country’s progress in and towards open, transparent and constructive dialogue, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Friday. “Democracy depends on... 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Africa must connect on global scale for economies to keep up and compete

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2017 To grow their economies in line with their growing size, Africa’s cities must open their doors and connect to the world to ensure that investments in these cities’ infrastructure, industrial and commercial structures keep pace with its concentration of people. A new World Bank report, released on... 

Africa must connect on global scale for economies to keep up and compete

Zuma calls for ‘unity in action’ ahead of Sona 2017 

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th February 2017 President Jacob Zuma will, during a pre-State of the Nation (Sona) Business Investor Luncheon, in Cape Town, on Tuesday, call for “unity in action” to drive South Africa on a sustainable growth path. This will be his second such meeting with business leaders a few days before he delivers the... 

Zuma calls for ‘unity in action’ ahead of Sona 2017
Photo by Duane Daws
South African President, Jacob Zuma

Championing Delivery

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd February 2017 Founder of black-empowered consulting engineering firm PD Naidoo & Associates Pragalathan Dhanapalan (Dempsey) Naidoo may be retiring from Mott MacDonald, but the civil engineering industry and business world, he tells Tracy Hancock of Engineering News, has not yet seen the last of him. 

Business Process Services incentive scheme created 30 000 jobs – DTI

By: African News Agency      1st February 2017 The Business Process Services (BPS) Incentive Scheme of the department of trade and industry (DTI) has created 30 000 jobs since 2011, the department said on Tuesday. “The objective of the BPS scheme is to create employment opportunities particularly for the young people of South Africa through... 

Metals, engineering sector to grow for the first time in over three years in 2017, but risks remain

By: David Oliveira     27th January 2017 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is expected to grow for the first time in over three years this year – by 1.4% – amid rising commodity prices and an improved economic outlook both globally and domestically. Speaking at the launch of the ‘State of the Metals and Engineering Sector... 

Metals, engineering sector to grow for the first time in over three years in 2017, but risks remain

Sars ensures correct employee classification

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a common problem that has resulted in the South African Revenue Service (Sars) instituting more stringent guidelines to ensure that employers adhere to taxation regulations, says contractor management services provider EOH Highveld... 

Sars ensures correct employee classification
BARTLEY JOSEPH South African employers act as agents of the State and are responsible for ensuring that all necessary taxes associated with an employee are collected

Equal pay claims discussed at Labour Law Conference

     20th January 2017 The future of equal pay claims in South Africa was one of the key focus areas at the twenty-ninth Annual Labour Law Conference (ALLC) last year, with University of KwaZulu-Natal senior lecturer Nicci Whitear-Nel exploring the issue within the context of unequal pay between genders. 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 A more mature attitude towards collective bargaining, more prudent use of strikes and greater flexibility for employers to manage their workforce according to demand would likely lead to a greater appetite for employment in South Africa, says legal services provider Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys... 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates
MICHAEL MAESO The consequences of a breach of the amendment that provides for the use of labour brokers is yet to be definitively determined

Businesses to navigate the effects of union instability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 Given the ongoing unstable political climate, the realignment of trade unions to consolidate numbers or gain increased affiliation is likely to perpetuate interunion rivalry for the foreseeable future, says legal services provider Creighton Attorneys director Barney Creighton. 

Businesses to navigate the effects of  union instability
Photo by Duane Daws
MAINTAINING MAJORITY South Africa’s larger trade unions will have to make difficult choices to mitigate the loss of their majority

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